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    All - I am looking to downsize () my center channel speaker due to the sheer size and weight of current. I'm looking to mount my center on wall above TV. For this reason, my current center is just too damn big and heavy. Isn't it?? My question - will I be disappointed if I go smaller and what should I be looking at? Current center is a horse and it sounds amazing. UGH!

    Current center is Klipsch RC-3. Clocks in at 28 pounds.
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    I would look for ways to mount something that heavy before I'd abandon a good center...Home Depot is your friend...get some advice..I'm sure there are solutions where you could keep your present center...unless you want to change it for some reason..

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    Gos you should be able to find a shelf that would hold the speaker.
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    Default Center speaker question

    If you can mount 200 lb tv's on walls you can sure as hell find a shelf for that guy.

    I'd keep the speaker and find a good shelf solution.
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    I have to agree with everyone else above.

    If you do downsize you'll end up with buyers remorse; do to smaller drivers the sound will not sound as fulfilled. Just take a look at Elways thread when he increased the size of his center. You know in this hobby we want more and not less, and you call yourself a Junkie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GOS View Post
    All - I am looking to downsize () my center channel speaker due to the sheer size and weight of current. I'm looking to mount my center on wall above TV. For this reason, my current center is just too damn big and heavy. Isn't it?? My question - will I be disappointed if I go smaller and what should I be looking at? Current center is a horse and it sounds amazing. UGH!

    Current center is Klipsch RC-3. Clocks in at 28 pounds.
    One thing that's really important GOS, if you can manage, is to try and keep your centre at ear height, not way up. It will sound more balanced with better mid-range and treble. Try a Golden Ear SuperSat 50C for starters - might be the closest match for the Klipsch horn tweeter and it can be easily wall-mounted.
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    Can you not just use a center stand?
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    I agree with the above posts, improvise and mount the sweet sounds on the wall.


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    Just another thing came across my mind.

    With your current center it matches the timber perfectly with your towers and you get the great suround feeling from the front stage. You change your center you may through your whole world out of balance.
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    Ahoy, GOS,

    No channel is more important to me than the center. Under no circumstances would I sacrifice sound quality on it in the name of aesthetic considerations or concerns about weight. I mean, if you can find one that is nice and light and has > SQ, great. Otherwise, I'd find a way to keep the current one.

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    As someone that went bigger recently, I cant see going smaller.
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    Ditto! Keep the center.

    28 pounds should be no sweat for wall mounting. Only, find the studs in your wall and be sure to get into these with screws, not just into the sheet rock. The studs are generally on 16" spacing. If you don't have a stud finder, you can do nearly as well just tapping on the wall for hollow vs. solid sound. When you think you know where one is, drill a small (1/16") hole to see if you get wood or just air. No big deal if you miss as these tiny holes will be nearly invisible or easily filled to be really invisible.

    When you find a stud, mount the shelf with #10 screws 1 3/4" long (or longer to grab at least 1" of the stud). It will help to drill a 1/8" pilot hole before putting in the screw. A couple of these will support a shelf you can hang on so four screws into two studs ought to be plenty safe for your tiny 28 pounder. Of course, the shelf itself still has to hold the weight, but any but the flimsiest should do fine.

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    Agree with keeping it - supporting 28 lbs is no problem.
    Some pieces of art and mirrors weigh more than that.

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    Great comments. I opted to keep it. I found a pretty decent stand for my equipment at Menards...yes, Menards. It had a shelf in the middle which now houses my center. All is good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GOS View Post
    Great comments. I opted to keep it. I found a pretty decent stand for my equipment at Menards...yes, Menards. It had a shelf in the middle which now houses my center. All is good.


    Good..you have other things to buy

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    Hey GOS, congratulations on a quick recovery and a good decision.

    This disease better not be contagious; the center I have in the works will probably be pushing 100 \"/.

    Quote Originally Posted by GOS View Post
    Great comments. I opted to keep it. I found a pretty decent stand for my equipment at Menards...yes, Menards. It had a shelf in the middle which now houses my center. All is good.

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    I'm glad you were able to find a solution GOS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Procrustees View Post
    Hey GOS, congratulations on a quick recovery and a good decision.

    This disease better not be contagious; the center I have in the works will probably be pushing 100 \"/.
    100??? Wow! Must have some big ass magnets in it....
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    Not abnormally so, but they will be large; W-M-T-M-W. Most of the weight is due to double wall, high density construction; MDF inside - Brazilian Rosewood outside, and sand fill between for damping. Will match a pair of similar towers.

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    100??? Wow! Must have some big ass magnets in it....

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